By Scott Allen Nollen
As of the most well-liked entertainers of the mid-century movie undefined, comedian greats Bud Abbott and Lou Costello provided a necessary balm to the yankee public following the sorrows of the nice melancholy and through the trauma of worldwide struggle II. this is often the 1st e-book to concentration intimately at the immensely well known wartime motion pictures of Abbott and Costello, discussing the construction, content material, and reception of 18 movies in the context of wartime occasions at the domestic entrance and overseas. the movies lined comprise the provider comedies dollar Privates, within the army, and hold 'Em Flying; extra mainstream comedian reduction movies akin to Pardon My Sarong and Who performed It?; and post-war experiments akin to Little enormous and The Time in their Lives. greater than one hundred twenty stills and foyer playing cards from the author's own assortment illustrate the textual content, together with many exhibiting outtakes or deleted scenes.
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48 ABBOTT AND COSTELLO ON THE HOME FRONT Dick Foran’s performance of Don Raye and Gene de Paul’s lovely “I’ll Remember April” is arguably the ﬁlm’s musical high point. The song had been written for Carol Bruce in Keep ’Em Flying, but Alex Gottlieb decided that it was more appropriate for a romantic interlude between Dick and Anne.
Heathcliff pulls the pin and then rides the torpedo during a lengthy chase scene. Of course, Blackie winds up sharing the ride, which culminates with their being knocked off before the torpedo blows up a local junk barn. Tires ﬂy through the air, conveniently encasing both of the boys. Lou’s brother, Pat, appears in the long shots, while unconvincing rearprojection is used in the closer shots of Heathcliff. Pat, who abandoned his musical career to join Lou in Hollywood, was put on the Universal payroll.
Though Hold That Ghost would be their last cinematic collaboration, the boys and the sisters reunited several times on radio and maintained a close relationship throughout the 1940s. Lou and Anne Costello often invited the trio and their parents to barbeques and pool parties, at which they all enjoyed the family atmosphere and excellent Italian cuisine. 4 IN THE AIR CORPS Keep ’Em Flying (1941) “Why try to explain it? ”—Bud Abbott, to Frank S. Nugent, August 19411 For the team’s fourth ﬁlm in a scant 10 months, Universal moved Bud, Lou and Arthur Lubin into yet another genre with Ride ’Em Cowboy, ﬁlmed from June 30 to August 9, 1941.
Abbott and Costello on the Home Front: A Critical Study of the Wartime Films by Scott Allen Nollen